Firefighters graduate high school at Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp

Firefighters graduate high school at Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp

Ten youthful offenders recently welcomed family members to Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp for a high school graduation ceremony that included speeches by Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Director Chuck Supple and CAL FIRE Chief Robert Withrow. Pine Grove Superintendent Alicia Ginn and Principal Kim Rigg also addressed the youth and their families, recognizing the sacrifices necessary to earn a diploma simultaneous to the dogged pace of camp duties.

DJJ lauds high school graduates in Stockton

DJJ lauds high school graduates in Stockton

Crisp, deliberate and beaming in a gown, shirt and tie, 20-year-old Jabin Villarreal exhibited the calm confidence of a merited valedictorian Oct. 20. Speaking inside a crowded auditorium at O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility, Villarreal challenged his fellow Class of 2017 graduates of Johanna Boss High School to continue striding the trail of success.

Secretary Kernan, DJJ Director Supple talk shop at juvenile justice conference

Secretary Kernan, DJJ Director Supple talk shop at juvenile justice conference

The aptly named Grand Nave Ballroom of the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel provided a striking setting for the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) Foundation’s juvenile justice conference. The event, dubbed “A Decade of Progress: Probation’s Success with Juvenile Realignment,” featured the brightest minds in youth correctional thinking and featured Gov. Jerry Brown, a host of CPOC speakers, and an hour-long presentation by CDCR and the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).

DJJ staff welcomes new Board of Juvenile Hearings Commissioner

DJJ staff welcomes new Board of Juvenile Hearings Commissioner

Flanked by his wife, daughter, and mother-in-law, Gilbert Infante was all family and all smiles at the Northern California Youth Correctional Center Nov. 1. The reason – Infante was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown as a commissioner to the Board of Juvenile Hearings. He was sworn in Nov. 1 at the Stockton Training Center, a complex just outside of the two youth correctional facilities that the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) operates in Northern California.

Youth correctional staff donate to victims of Northern California fires

Youth correctional staff donate to victims of Northern California fires

Youth Correctional Officers Crystal Velasquez and Christopher Rotondo rolled into the Manteca Walmart parking lot at 7:30 a.m. on their day off Oct. 20 and attacked the aisles like a tactical operation. The two targeted stuffed animals, baby food, hygiene items and candy ― the things left behind when several fires scorched nearly 200,000 acres of California landscape in early October.